Uber, Lyft insurance questions; Canton massage parlor owner arrested; horses shot in Stark County: News Around the Area

Rebecca Reis | Web Editor Published:

Here are some of today's top headlines from around the area, including the owner of Canton massage parlor arrested on prostitution charges, the Ohio Department of Insurance spark insurance questions for Lyft and Uber in Cleveland and Stark sheriffs deputies are investigating the shooting of two horses.

HORSE SHOOTING: Stark County sheriff's deputies are investigating the death of two horses who were shot in their pasture Sunday between 9:30 and 10 p.m., according to the Alliance Review. Sheriff George T. Maier said that a resident in the 3000 block of Central Avenue Southeast in canton Township called at 11:35 a.m. Monday to report that two horses had been found dead in their pasture, and deputies later discovered that the horses had succumbed to gunshot injuries. Sources in the area reported hearing gunshots the night before, but deputies have not named a suspect. Click here to read more at the-review.com.

SUMMA HEALTH SYSTEM: Beginning June 29, around 230 Summa Health System nurses who work weekends at Akron City, St. Thomas, Barberton and Wadsworth-Rittman hospitals will no longer receive bonus pay for working weekends, according to the Akron Beacon Journal. The nurses will receive the same base pay and will not see reduced hours, but will classify the nurses as part-time instead of full-time, which will affect their benefits. Spokesman Mike Bernstein said the change comes from looking at similar organizations in its market. Akron Children's Hospital does not offer premium pay to nurses who work weekend shifts, but Akron General and Aultman Hospital in Canton both offer weekend premium pay. Click here to read more at ohio.com.

MASSAGE PARLOR: The owner of a massage parlor in North Canton that was raided by police on March 13 has been arrested on prostitution charges, according to the Akron Beacon Journal. John Ceroni, 65, is the owner of The Massage Center at 1320 W. Maple St. and has been charged with promoting prostitution and procuring. He was being held in the Stark County Jail on a bond set at $50,000. The raid on March 13 resulted in the seizure of 14 massage tables, computers, documents, adult videos and a gun, and was raided due to allegations of prostitution at the parlor. Click here to read more at ohio.com.

BONG THEFT: Seth Cunningham, 22, a suspended University of Akron football player, has been sentenced to six years in prison for the aggravated robbery of a Brunswick tobacco shop in May in which a $447 "glass water bong" was stolen, according to the Medina Gazette. Workers at the Twilight Boutique in Brunswick said a man wearing a mask and a camouflage jacket stole the bong while brandishing a gun. Cunningham was arrested just an hour later when a police officer searching for the robber approached his pickup truck and found him inside with a camouflage jacket, gun and bong. Cunningham and his attorney said that Cunningham was a heavy marijuana use, was having trouble sleeping and had nothing to smoke with, so he borrowed the unloaded gun from a friend to rob the store. The county assistant prosecutor and Cunningham's attorneys agreed to a plea deal in March, requesting a minimum prison sentence of six years. Click here to read more at medinagazette.northcoastnow.com.

UBER AND LYFT: The Ohio Department of Insurance and Lieutenant Governor Mary Taylor have issued a consumer alert for people who wish to become passengers or drivers for transportation networking companies, like Uber and Lyft which launched in Cleveland last week, should consider potential gaps in insurance coverage for those businesses, according to the Plain Dealer. The driver may have insurance but most personal auto insurance policies don't apply when a personal vehicle is used for commercial purposes. Both Uber and Lyft say they have $1 million in liability coverage, but Taylor suggested that those wishing to work as rideshare drivers consider buying commercial automobile insurance, or ask their insurance provider if there are any gaps in coverage. Click here to read more at cleveland.com.

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